It’s proving to be a tough week for Jesus Christ in advertising. First he was portrayed as a drunken, pot-bellied, party-crashing hippy. Now, he and his disciples are appearing half-naked and surrounded by sex toys in an extremely gay version of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The ad is for San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair, which calls itself “the granddaddy of all leather events.” See the full poster here. A couple of years ago, people got pretty riled up about a Last Supper spoof that showed Christ playing poker—and Jesus was at least the chip leader in that ad. So you can imagine the outrage here. A group called Concerned Women for America writes on its Web site: “The bread and wine representing Christ’s broken body and lifegiving blood are replaced with sadomasochistic sex toys in this twisted version of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.” The group is calling on California officials to “publicly condemn this unprovoked attack against Christ and His followers” and shut down the street fair.
—Posted by Tim Nudd